No Verlander, no Lobstein for White Sox series this weekend
The Tigers announced their starting pitchers for this weekend’s three-game series against the White Sox at Comerica Park. As expected, the list does not include Justin Verlander, who throws a simulated game today at PNC Park to see how close he is to rejoining Detroit’s rotation. It also doesn’t include Kyle Lobstein, who pitched in Verlander’s spot three days ago in Cleveland.
David Price stays on turn to pitch Friday’s series opener opposite Jeff Samardzija. Price gets an extra day of rest thanks to Thursday’s off-day, which also allows manager Brad Ausmus to push back Lobstein and pitch Anibal Sanchez and Shane Greene on Saturday and Sunday. Sanchez starts opposite Chris Sale. The White Sox have not announced a starter for Sunday, though Jose Quintana is expected to get the call.
The Tigers can pitch Alfredo Simon on Monday on regular rest before needing a fifth starter for Tuesday night against the Yankees, whether it’s Lobstein or Verlander. We might have a better idea about that later this afternoon.